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James has gone from climbing near his family home in the Peak District of England to exploring walls and mountains in exotic locations around the globe everywhere from Tazmania to Thailand. His first venture into rock climbing came at the age of 15 and it was soon clear that he was blessed with a naturally elegant climbing style. However, he also had the dedication and commitment to refine and develop that talent and by the age of 19 he was already one of the UK’s brightest climbing stars. James has been scouring the planet for more demanding challenges ever since. 

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The Ticklist #27 Megos, Bridges and Hard Sport

A mix of ticks, unusual news, interesting tidbits and remastered classics...

Fri Night Vid Bound By Tradition - Larcher and Pearson discuss Tribe

Jacopo Larcher and James Pearson sit down and discuss Tribe, a route that Jacopo made the first ascent of in 2019 and a contender for the hardest trad route in the world. James repeated the line in 2020 and believed it to have...

News Hard Grit Repeats by James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini

James Pearson made the third ascent of Harder, Faster E9 7a at Black Rocks, Derbyshire on 24 December. The bold line was first climbed by Charlie Woodburn in 2000 and the first repeat came in 2003 by the late Australian climber Toby...

Video Le Tour des Alpilles - A Biking and Climbing Roadtrip

Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson embark on a biking and climbing trip through the south of France in...

News Second Ascent of Tribe - World's Hardest Trad Route? - by James Pearson

James Pearson has made the second ascent of the trad climb 'Tribe' at Cadarese,...

The Ticklist #2 - Puccio on Fire, Pearson Climbs his 2nd 9a and More

In this week's ticklist, we cover ascents from the boulders of Rocky Mountain National...

Interview James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini - Training at Home with a Baby

James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini are hosting a live webinar on YouTube...

Fri Night Vid James Pearson - The Walk of Life

Fri Night Vid Sawanobori - Climbing Waterfalls in Japan

Article Sawanobori - James Pearson on Climbing Waterfalls in Japan

Video James Pearson: Beyond the Mostest

News Power Ranger - 5.14 R First Ascent by James Pearson

Fri Night Vid James Pearson E10 at Annot

News Rhapsody E11 7a repeat for James Pearson

Newsflash James Pearson Flashes Pembroke E9

Video James Pearson Talks Trad & Flashes E8

Features Exclusive Interview: James Pearson

News James Pearson... E12 justification

News James Pearson climbs Devon Project - E12 7a

News James Pearson Climbs Cratcliffe Groove E10 7b


Latest Reviews for James's Sponsors

Reviews from the UKC editorial team

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX

Is it a shoe, or a boot? Marrying a soft, supportive and shock-absorbing feel with a comparatively light weight, the Ultra Raptor Mid GTX arguably gives you the best of both worlds, says Dan Bailey. For lightweight backpacking, long summer hill...

Comfy All-Day Rock Shoes

For beginners taking their first steps on the rock, or more experienced climbers looking for a foot-friendly rock shoe for long routes and lower-grade days, a flatter and more neutral model may be preferable to the toe-cramping asymmetry of a downturned...

La Sportiva Testarossa

The Testarossa MkII will please devotees of the early 2000s original, and route climbers alike, and is a worthwhile addition to La Sportiva's extensive rock shoe range, says Nick Brown.

Micro Cams

Micro cams are among the most useful pieces of gear on a trad climber's rack. Having a tiny cam you can rely on to protect otherwise...

La Sportiva TX Guide shoes

With a refined design that marries the confidence inspiring grip of a trail shoe, and climbing performance to match the best in...

La Sportiva Jackal

"I liked the Jackal from the moment I first put them on and have continued to love them through repeated use" says Rob Greenwood. Designed...

The North Face Summit L5 LT FUTURELIGHT Jacket and Trousers

In a campaign that challenges us to "Defy the past: Wear the future" The North Face's FUTURELIGHT...


Latest News from James's Sponsors

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New Climbing Gear Spring/Summer '21

Next up in our Spotlight gear round-ups is climbing gear. We've chatted with brands about the latest hardware, ropes, harnesses, helmets and every other form of gear. Plus, everything is hitting the shops imminently......

New Footwear Spring/Summer '21

In the absence of any trade show this year, we've created our own. Normally, shows tend to focus on products hitting the market in 6 months to a year, but we've asked brands to talk about the new kit available now. In this first round up, we're showing off...

Wild Country Zero Friends

Introducing the new Zeros for solid holding power in small placements. The ultimate weapon for thin cracks, pockets or pin scars on cutting-edge climbs and extreme adventures

Wild Country Product Lifespan Update

Wild Country is soon changing the official product lifetime. The potential lifespan of metal products is...

Wild Country Product Preview - Spring/Summer 2021

As we approach the time of year where we are looking around to check out all the new gear...

The North Face presents: Towers of Tigray

With a rich history of climbing, the Tigray region of Ethiopia has always provided an incredible...

La Sportiva Theory and Solution Comp

La Sportiva have two new shoes arriving for SS'20: the Solution Comp and the Theory. Extreme sensitivity combined...


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